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Afasic www.afasic.org.uk National Helpline - 08453 55 55 77

Charity that helps children and young people, their families and the professionals working with them; has a wide variety of free, downloadable resources and other publications

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): National Autism Society  www.autism.org.uk

Autism Education Trust: www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk  
Autism West Midlands: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk
Organisations that support families and professionals working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome

Black Sheep Press      www.blacksheeppress.co.uk

Website and resources books arranged in categories of language, speech semantics and pragmatics, concepts, listening, narrative 

The Communication Trust http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

This is a good place to start when looking for information about SLCN. The Communication Trust raises awareness of the importance of speech, language and communication across the children`s workforce and enables practitioners to access the best training and expertise to support the communication needs of all children. There are a number of links to further sources of information as well as leaflets and documents available free of charge.

 Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.uk

Provides advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children 

Department for Education   www.education.gov.uk

Information about SEN can be located at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/sen 

Early Support  www.earlysupport.org.uk

Government programme that helps parents of young disabled children to understand health and social care services, to record and share information about their child's development and to learn about specific health conditions. This includes a Family pack that supports communication between families and professionals. "Information for Parents: Speech and Language Difficulties" is available as a download from: www.afasicengland.org.uk/download/101

Hearing Impairment: National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)  www.ndcs.org.uk  Royal National Institute for the Deaf  (RNID)  www.rnid.org.uk

Organisation that supports families and professionals working with people with a Hearing Impairment 

Inclusion Development Programme (IDP)  http://www.idponline.org.uk/

E-learning materials designed to support Early Years settings and schools as well as teachers in training, to increase their knowledge and skills in working with children with a range of SEN

I CAN  www.ican.org.uk

This is a charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK; it organises conferences and provides training and information. It has many useful publications, many downloadable free. 

Language for Learning  www.languageforlearning.co.uk   

Worcestershire joint health and education non-profit making project. It provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities 

NAPLIC  (National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children)  www.naplic.org.uk

An association for all professionals concerned with children who have speech, language and communication needs  

National Literacy Trust     www.literacytrust.org.uk/talktoyourbaby

Provides free downloadable resources: information sheets, activity packs, other resources including material from the Talk to your Baby campaign 

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists    www.rcslt.org

The professional body for speech and language therapists and support workers 

Signalong   www.signalong.org.uk

Registered charity that provides resources and information in visual communication i.e. signing 

Talking Point  www.ican.org.uk/TalkingPoint

The information website hosted by I CAN, has resources for parents and professionals e.g.:
  • Parent Point (gives parents ideas of how to support their children)
  • Professional Point (provides information and resources for professionals)
  • Starting Point (helps health visitors identify children with SLCN, support their needs and parents with information 

The ACE Centre  www.ace-centre.org.uk

Organisation that provides information, training and support for children requiring assistive technology for communication 

The British Stammering Associationhttp://www.stammering.org

Organisation that supports families and professionals working with people who stammer; provides video pack and CD ROM, leaflets and practical guides 

Visual Impairment:  RNIB www.rnib.org.uk National Blind Children's Society: www.nbcs.org.uk Living Paintings Trust www.livingpaintings.org

Wide range of support and advice for families to help support blind and partially sighted people
Information, advice, support and services for blind and partially sighted children and their families, good source of large print books customized to individual needs
Free library of tactile books and resource packs 

Widgit software  www.widgit.com

Computer software that provides symbols that can be used to communicate ideas and thoughts 

Worcestershire County Council website www.worcestershire.gov.uk

For contact details of children’s services in health and education, parent support groups etc